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VIDEO: President Biden April 12, 2022 press conference in Menlo, Iowa

April 13, 2022

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President Biden on Upper Mississippi River Lock 25 modernization, taken from his April 12, 2022 speech in Menlo Iowa:


We’re investing in ports and waterways, including over $700 million for the Lock and Dam project 25 on the Mississippi.

And you say, “What does that have to do with me?”  It has a lot to do with you all.


Because nearly every bushel of soybean and corn that is transported on that river from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin goes through these locks.  And they were built in 1930 — 1930s. 


Barges often need to be split into smaller groups to make it through, taking hours and sometimes greater delays.


With new, modern locks, we’re going to help farmers get their products to market faster and more efficiently, lower costs, and keep American agriculture globally competitive.